As I travel across USA speaking to high school and college students, it is very encouraging to experience their openness to hearing “both sides” of the natural life and family debates. Also encouraging is the response of a panel of student judges at Johns Hopkins University who reversed a decision by the Student Government Association and will allow Voice for Life to be one of the over 300 officially recognized groups on the campus. The student pro-life group will now be able to use the university’s logo in its advertising, apply for funding from the school, and conduct demonstrations on university property.
Baltimore Sun Article:
Anti-abortion activists at the Johns Hopkins University who had fought to form an official club have been fully recognized, clearing the way for them to use the institution’s logo and raise cash on campus.
The university announced Wednesday that an earlier decision by the Student Government Association to block the group, Voice for Life, was reversed by a panel of student judges.
The issue has set off a storm of debate over free speech and whether anti-abortion “sidewalk counseling” constitutes harassment at the private university.
Voice for Life plans to approach women and their companions outside clinics near the Homewood campus to discuss abortion, as well as conduct on-campus demonstrations using literature and non-graphic images, said freshman Andrew Guernsey, president of the group. Guernsey said the group won’t shout at or confront individuals.
Guernsey and freshman Monica Rex, another leader of the fledgling group, said the Judiciary Committee’s decision clears a path for them to “begin the real work of saving lives.”
“While the road was difficult, we have learned just how much this fight for life means to us, and how important it is that students at Johns Hopkins . . .
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